Patricia at the front desk gave us a warm welcome with complete details of the hotel, it's surroundings and activities through out the island as a great start to our weekend gateway. Raul at the restaurant gave us such an excelent service providing excellent service and details of the food and the cooking style greatly influenced by the islands culture and history making it a complete unique experience. The room accomodations as well as the hotel surroundings and arquitecture were very pleasing. Staff at the rooftop bar needs trainning. *Advice - Rent a Jeep, stay at the Blok and visit La Chiva and Caracas beach. You would thank me later😉 .
El Blok hotel was amazing! Rooms have a beautiful view and the rooftop terrace is a wonderful place to enjoy the sunset from the jacuzzi. The staff is very friendly. The location is great, right in front of the beach! The restaurant is excellent!
We only went to their restaurant for dinner on 6/20/2022. It’s the best meal during our whole trip in Puerto Rico. Food and service were beyond expectations. We had a group of 15 people, the manager Joe, was so helpful, our table were already set up even though our reservation was at 7:15pm. I really regretted not staying at the property for the night but the website requires minimum 2 nights stay for the date I picked. Anyway, don’t think I will go back to the island but I definitely would highly recommend this hotel to everyone!!
We had been looking forward for years to visit Vieques because we had heard about its pristine beaches. The hurricanes that battered Puerto Rico put our plans on ice. So we were really excited when we booked our trip in January 2022. Now, the "it" hotel in Vieques until the hurricanes had been the W, but it was destroyed and so far not rebuilt. So we looked at the next-best alternative, which was El Blok. The hotel looks very sleek on the promotional materials, so we were excited when we were able to snatch a room. The hotel is 3-star, as (luckily), Vieques has not yet been affected by a 5-star resort and the horrors they bring (golf courses, environmental impact, and Americans with money but no class). The day we arrived it was very rainy, we were lucky our Cape Air flight from San Juan was cleared to land. We managed to get our rental Jeep just before they closed for the day, and we drove to the hotel right away. The hotel is a building like nothing else in the island. It is sort of a blend between Miami-style architecture and Soviet brutalist style, and you can't miss it when you arrive. My wife had to get out of the Jeep and get in the lobby to ask where we could park. They instructed to park across the road, which is where you park for the town beach (the town is Esperanza). The beach is fantastic, much better than your average mainland US beach. I would say this is a major selling point for this hotel, it's on the beach, and the beach is much better than the average US mainland beach, but more about beaches later. We parked and brought our luggage in. Check in was quick, and the key is a bracelet that you wear, which is a great idea for a beach hotel. The building, again, looks like a concrete bunker inside. There is a nice interior skylight around which the rooms are located in a circular fashion. We were given a room in the 3rd floor facing the beach. The room was average size, but the odd architecture of the building gave it an odd shape. There was little room for storage, only a small rack with hangers, and we had to leave the luggage on the floor. The bathroom was quite small, again, thanks to the odd architecture. To be honest, the architect did not think of comfort. The toilet is in a nook, and if you are not on the athletic side body-wise you will find it uncomfortable. The shower drains into a strip sink in the middle of the bathroom, so you have to be careful or you will splash past it and can flood the room. There is a restaurant at the premises. It is called Placita. The food is ABSOLUTELY TOP NOTCH. We commented that this restaurant and the dishes they served would be killer in any place, New York, London, you name it. We ate dinner four nights of the seven we were there and the food was just awesome in flavor and quality. This chef and manager are unparalleled. The cocktails were very good, albeit on the small side. It only opens for dinner. On the last night, we were lucky, they had to close early due to lack of staff. This seems to be a problem in Vieques. Now the bad stuff. We are morning people. We like to go to the beach early, to enjoy an hour or two before someone shows up with a boombox to ruin the ambiance. The hotel has no coffee maker in the room. The hotel has no coffee maker in the room. Let that sink. We stayed in 2017 at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora. I had always wanted to go since I was a kid and I saw a photo in National Geographic. I am a person of modest means so I saved and saved and went. It was worth every penny, best money I have ever spent. You know what was one of the things we loved about the Four Seasons? They had a Nespresso machine. You have no idea what it is for a morning person who loves coffee to wake up and have a Nespresso on the veranda. I see no reason why El Blok could not have even an entry-level Keurig machine in the room. The hotel supposedly has complementary coffee in the morning. Most of the days we were there the coffee was not out before like 8 or 8:30 AM, even though there was enough staff to take care of that. You either go to the beach early or wait and wait to see if coffee will happen. The closest place that opened where you could have a coffee is a nearby restaurant/bar that opens at 8:30. We had breakfast there one day. It's called Lazy Jacks. Nice staff, all the coffee you want. However, since we wanted to go the the beaches early, we went without coffee a couple of days, and had the privilege of enjoying the caffeine withdrawal headache. The rooms do have a mini-fridge and a security lock-box, which is a big plus. In addition, the Wi-Fi was complimentary and excellent in speed and connectivity. This was a huge plus as the rooms have no TV. We were able to watch movies on an iPad with no difficulty. The bed was comfortable and the pillows and comforter very good. Another thing about El Blok. The architect, for some reason, decided that the second and third floor would not have direct views, and placed sort of a concrete blind system. We thought all of them opened, but no, only one opens. We thought the view was spoiled by this odd architectural feature. I am sure it is great defense if a hurricane hits (oddly the 1st level has rooms that do not have this). Another thing lacking is a screen door. If you open the door to your balcony, you may get mosquitoes. Now, something about the location. As I said, the hotel is on the road along the beach at Esperanza, called the Malecón. Well, it turns out that some men from Vieques have a mission in life and that is to burst your eardrums. We saw (and heard) dozens upon dozens of old, beat up cars worth less than $50 with massive aftermarket speakers. These guys go up and down the street blasting reggaeton at 11/10 level. You literally hear it in the room as if you had a stereo in the room at full blast. So MAKE SURE YOU BRING ENOUGH EARPLUGS. I don't know if this is something locals do to annoy tourists, but it could be. Something for the local authorities to think about. This island needs to build some respect from the population towards their main economic lifeline. Now, a nice thing. The hotel will provide your room with two portable beach chairs, and will lend you beach towels. This is a very nice idea and makes your trip to the beaches much more convenient. The hotel has a rooftop area with a Jacuzzi and lounge chairs, and a bar, which was not operating (I think there is like a happy hour on Sundays only). The views from there are amazing and it is a nice feature. I think, however, that there has to be some enforcement about quiet hours, on two nights we could hear people partying loudly directly above our room. Perhaps the area should be off-limits after midnight. Now, the beach at Esperanza, across the hotel, is very nice. It is quite long, so you can find a quiet spot, and you can swim in very clear water. You can actually walk to a few nearby beaches from the hotel. As an added bonus, tours for the bioluminiscent bay (a must-see) depart from the beach parking lot and return there, so it was a huge plus. So, overall, the hotel is very good for the beach location, and its restaurant. However, there is room for improvement. If the staffing and cost issue prevents them from opening the restaurant for breakfast, a coffee maker for the room is a welcome addition. A couple of luggage racks or a redesign to put more storage space would also be very welcome. If a redesign ever comes, enlarging the bathroom would be a huge plus. Overall, the price point for the amenities and conveniences was good in my opinion. I hope that the review helps anyone going who may find noise at night (again, not the hotel's fault) or the small inconvenience of finding coffee an issue.…
HORRIBLE! We had a reservation for dinner and were told the rooftop was open for nonguests from 4-8pm. Arrived and were told rooftop was closed and manager and staff had horrible attitude, they were AGGRESSIVE and RUDE. Sadly we had to leave. Never coming back.
This HOTEL is truly garbage. Puts PROFITS 💰💸first instead of early 2 months ahead booking. I suggest you all shiznit them like me. No wonder why PR is bankrupt, they can’t even do normal good business! You better verify & DOUBLE VERIFY them. They told us it’s confirmed & we double checked a few days ahead. Upon arriving they say it’s cancelled & they say overbooked (EXCUSES). If your screwed in your booking same day you arrived it is overpriced to book last minute other places. Not to mention the ferry rides schedule tough to pivot back the other way! YOU BEEN WARNED! (CHECK OTHER 1 ⭐️ STAR REVIEWS BEFORE YOU BOOK if you don’t believe me!) 🥂🍻🥂🍻
When checking in, the hotel did NOT want to honor the Booking.com reservation price for the stay. As they wanted to charge more than the contractual price, we told them we would escalate the price difference later on to Booking.com and AmericanExpress. We were then refused into the hotel and were left stranded against our will without accomodation late afternoon/early evening (although we were willing to pay what they ask for in cash/other card). As Vieques is a tiny island, finding a relocation was a nightmare. No flights or ferries were neither available. Being a PLATINUM member at both Accor and Mariott, I can really say that I've never seen anything like this in my life within the hospitality sector (and could have never imagined so). From what happened to us plus taking into account $300 per night we would NOT recommend this property at all.…
I booked this hotel directly through the link on their website. When I arrived to pick up my rental car, the woman asked where I was staying. I told her and she said, noticing my 7 year old, "I don't think they allow children." She proceeded to give me a phone number for a woman who runs a small, family hotel and said to call her stating "she keeps a room for families because this happens often." My son and I went on to the hotel where the receptionist confirmed that they are Adults Only. She said, "I have a few hotels that have helped me in the past with this situation. Let me give them a call!" At this point I am seething, but I am not going to mistreat this poor woman because she is a victim of the bad management of the hotel. When we arrived at our back up hotel, it is again confirmed that this happens regularly, yet El Blok management does NOTHING to make it clear on the website they are adults only. My opinion: regardless of whether you have kids, this hotel clearly thinks fraudulent practices and misleading advertising is ok. Personally, child or not, I would never stay at this hotel because they are so blatantly deceptive. There are plenty of cute, less expensive hotels on Vieques, there's no reason to support this one.…
People that work here are really rough. Not a good vibe at all. Made me wish I booked an air Bnb. Charlie was especially unpleasant. Distance to beach is solid though. Stay anywhere else. There are plenty of homes and hotels to support that are actually happy to see you.
We visited the last week of July. Staying at El Blok was a recommendation from a family member. The El Blok has a great location in the middle of town, walking distance to several restaurants. The rooms in the El Blok are very comfortable and a clean modern design. The front office staff was very helpful and friendly during check-in and as needed during our stay. My only complaint is the El Blok has poor communication during the pre-visit process. I sent several emails which were never answered. I also called several times with questions about our visit. No one answered the phone or returned a call from my message.